We are very sad to report that George Chamberlin, KOGO’s longtime Business News Editor of more than 20 years, died Sunday, September 1st after a battle with a cancer.
George was as well respected as any business professional in San Diego has ever been. He was a man who helped thousands and thousands of KOGO listeners understand the stock market and educated us all on investing, finances and so much more.
KOGO will be honoring him this week in special ways. Listen tomorrow (Tuesday) to San Diego’s Morning News to hear from people with who he worked tell you about George Chamberlin. Then later this week, we will be presenting a special tribute to George.
Below is the post by George’s wonderful wife Terry that we wanted to share with you.
George was born in sas City, KS on November 5, 1945. His family later settled in Los Angeles where he graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School. He fell in love with radio back in the 1960s and started out as a disc jockey. His first broadcasting job was working the graveyard shift at a Palm Springs radio station. However, it didn’t take long for George to work his way to San Diego, home to his family for 46 years.
Even though his first love was always broadcasting, George spent time as the Administrative Aide to Senator John Stull of San Diego, and later went on to work as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities. For about 15 years he combined his work in finance with his love for broadcasting and wore many hats while working in the San Diego news media, including radio, television and print. It was very easy for him to let go of the brokerage career and dedicate his time to broadcasting and public speaking. He has received numerous awards and commendations and has been honored three times by the Small Business Administration as the Media Advocate of the Year. For more than 30 years, he delivered business updates starting at 5 a.m. weekday mornings on KNSD-TV’s “NBC 7 News Today” newscasts.
He wrote business columns for the North County Times newspaper and served as executive editor for the San Diego Daily Transcript newspaper for more than a decade. Up to the last weeks of his life he delivered weekday business reports as business editor with KOGO News Radio 600-AM and hosted a Sunday talk show on personal finance on KOGO. For more than two decades he was the publisher and editor of a national newsletter, Investing for Rookies, aimed at teaching basic investing strategies to beginning investors.
George also developed a reputation around San Diego County as a popular speaker and master of ceremonies averaging ten or more talks a month to civic groups and business organization. And, both George and his wife, Terry, are active in their community. George and his wife Terry are active in the community, serving as founding board members and past presidents of the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club. George also served on the board of directors for New Haven Youth and Family Services in Vista, and San Diego OASIS.
He was an avid tennis player most of his life, adding a love of golf in his later years.
He passed peacefully at home on Sunday, September 1, 2019 after a 3-year battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. George is survived by his wife of 46 years, Terry, son Tom, daughter Sara, and 4 grandchildren: Sophia, Lorenzo, Lily and Elias and his dog, Lexi. He is also survived by his brother Mike of San Clemente and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the San Marcos Boy’s and Girl’s Club, One Positive Way, San Marcos, CA 92069 on ……………………. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in George’s name to the San Marcos Boys’ and Girl’s Club, Friends of New Haven, Vista, or OASIS of San Diego
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